Recap | Chester (h)

January 24, 2024
Recap | Chester (h)
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CHORLEY fell to only their first defeat in seven games at home, having won each of the last six at the Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium prior to this fixture.

Chester got themselves off to the perfect start, TOM PEERS slotting the ball home after an initial mistake from Mark Ellis in defence let Charlie Caton in to square the ball to the former to slot home coolly past Matt Urwin.

The visitors continued their fast start and were unfortunate not to grab second goal only minutes later, Caton’s effort after an initial counter-attacking move well saved by Urwin who parried the fiercely struck ball away well.

Chorley struggled to settle into the game in the early stages, Jack Sampson heading the ball at Wyll Stanway from Billy Whitehouse’s cross to register the Magpies' first effort on target of the night.

Jack Sampson fires an effort at goal for Chorley (David Airey)

Urwin continued to be kept busy in goal and but for an impressive double save to deny Elliot Whitehouse, Calum McIntyre’s side could have been 0-2 up.`

The visitors were eventually rewarded for their efforts in attack once more before the break, PEERS at the double; firing home from 20-yards right into the far-corner past Urwin.

Both sides struggled to create a great deal after the restart, the wind causing real problems to the flow of the game but Stanway was forced to make a diving save to deny B. Whitehouse and tip the ball over for a corner.

Chorley came closest to a goal in the 90th minute where Stanway inadvertently put the ball into his own net, only for the whistle to be blown as Harvey Smith was adjudged to have fouled the goalkeeper in going up for the ball.

Chorley: Urwin, Henley (Blakeman, 68’), Ellis, Smith, Wilson, Calveley, Nolan (Shenton, 75’), Whitehouse, Johnson (Maguire, 55’), Sampson, Ubaezounu. Unused; Doumbouya, Drench.

Chester: Stanway, Woodthorpe, Weeks, Burke, Williams, Peers (Norton, 90'), Glendon, Caton, E. Whitehouse, Daly (Taylor, 62'), Roberts (Heywood, 89'). Unused: Hall, Okeke.

Goalscorer: Peers (5', 38')

Cautions: Burke (65'), E. Whitehouse (67').

Referee: Oliver Noonan.

Assistants: Martin Beard & William Murray.

Attendance: 1,231 (303 away).

50/50 Draw (claimed): 00013 - £188.

Up Next: We're back at HOME again this Saturday to welcome Farsley Celtic in the Vanarama National League North, you can purchase your tickets for that one online in advance, HERE.

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